A prescribed burning of the W.G. Jones State Forest along FM 1488 is scheduled for Jan. 14-15, weather permitting, according to a Jan. 13 release from the Texas A&M Forest Service. Prescribed burning operations are a standard forest-management tool for endangered species habitat restoration, undergrowth vegetation reduction and providing community safety, according to the release.

The prescribed burning aids in reducing the potential of a devastating wildfire within the state forest, restoring the habitat for the endangered red-cockaded woodpecker, improving access and visual aesthetics to the forest for safety purposes, enhancing wildlife habitats by increasing the amount of sunlight to the forest floor and interdepartmental training for emergency response crews, according to the release.

As a result of the burning operations, certain areas of the forest will be closed to the public during this time.